The Golden State Warriors probably could have got their hands on Kevin Love before the Cleveland Cavaliers even became a serious player in the discussion but they refused to part ways with guard Klay Thompson. The (non) move has been criticized but the Warriors believe Thompson is going to develop into an all-star and is already a very good two-way player.
John Litzler of Basketball Insiders believes Thompson will improve this season and that could be the key to the Warriors’ season.
After only three seasons as a pro, Thompson has already developed into one of the most prolific three-point shooters in the league. He finished third in three-point shots made in both 2012-13 and 2013-14, shooting 40.9 percent from downtown over those two seasons. The combination of Thompson and Curry gives the Warriors the most dangerous perimeter shooting duo in the league. While Thompson has made a name for himself shooting the ball, he is more than just a one dimensional player. Thompson has shown the ability to be a solid defender, with the Warriors even citing his defense as a reason why they were hesitant to include Thompson in a deal for Kevin Love. He also has the ability to get to the rim should his defender over commit to contesting his jump shot. Thompson has had the chance to further his game this summer as a member of Team USA, playing with and against some of the best players in the world as Team USA prepares for the FIBA World Cup. Thompson will be a key contributor for the Warriors this season, and for many to come.
Thompson averaged 18.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 44.4% from the field, 41.7% from beyond the arc and 79.5% from the charity stripe. In the postseason, he put up 16.4 points, 3.6 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game while shooting 40.8% from the field, 36.4% from three and 79.2% from the free throw line.
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